Sox source: Jon Lester’s comments today “only told part of the story”

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Earlier today self-proclaimed “grown-ass man” Jon Lester spoke with the Globe’s Pete Abraham about L’affaire Fried Chicken and the ouster of Terry Francona.  For the most part Lester has been given props for being frank and open and, well, grown-ass about it.  But two sources tell Mike Giardi of CSNNE.com that Lester’s downplaying of it all is disingenuous:

However, two sources I spoke to — one inside the clubhouse and one in management — said Lester’s comments only told part of the story. Their feeling is that the behavior of Lester, Josh Beckett, John Lackey and, on occasion, Clay Buchholz was irresponsible, occasionally reckless, and disrespectful to manager Terry Francona … “It was the guys who should know better, the guys who have been here and often benefited from Tito’s softer hand. I mean, how many times [did] Tito defend you to the press or stick by you, and this is how [you] repay him? It’s bull—-“

Well, glad to see that clubhouse strife is all straightened out. Nope, the new Sox manager isn’t gonna have any problems on his hands when he gets to Ft. Myers next February. No siree.

Jonny Venters is still pitching

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Lefty reliever Jonny Venters was among a handful of players the Rays signed to minor league contracts, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Venters, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 and has logged just 27 2/3 innings in the minors in the meantime due to a continuous battle with his elbow. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Venters has undergone four — four! — Tommy John surgeries.

When he was healthy, Venters was a fearsome late-game option for the Braves. He posted a 1.95 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 83 innings in 2010, and a 1.84 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 88 innings in 2011. His first-half performance in 2011 earned him a spot on the National League All-Star roster.

Venters has spent the last two years in the Rays’ system and he’ll try to make it a third.